Family settles mold death suit against Pittsburgh hospital

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The family of an Ohio transplant patient who died during a mold outbreak at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has settled their lawsuit with the hospital network for over $1 million.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says it’s the second known settlement to arise from the mold outbreak.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shelby Slagle, of Groveport, Ohio, died in June 2015 after undergoing a heart transplant.

Court documents show her husband settled with the hospital network for $1.35 million.

The family of another patient, 47-year-old Tracy Fischer, of Erie, settled their lawsuit for $1.35 million in May. She died in October 2014.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said a specially ventilated room in the hospital’s cardiothoracic intensive care unit might have been the source of the mold.

UPMC suspended its transplant program for six days in September 2015. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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